Fellows v. MAPE

Halloran v. AFSCME Council 5

Three Minnesota state employees sued one of the state’s largest government unions. The class action lawsuit claim that because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it is illegal to require public employees to pay union fees as a condition of employment, past fees should be refunded to workers.

Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE) collected fees for years from workers who did not want to join a union. The lawsuit against MAPE could recover as much as $5.8 million for state employees.

Two class action lawsuits in Minnesota claim that because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it is illegal to require public employees to pay union fees as a condition of employment, past fees should be refunded to workers.

Mark Fellows, a licensed social worker for the Department of Human Services paid fees from July 2007 through June 27, 2018, and said, “I joined this lawsuit because MAPE took money I didn’t want to pay and shouldn’t have been forced to pay. With the Supreme Court’s ruling, I should be entitled to get my money back.”

The two lawsuits, Brown et al., v. AFSCME Council 5 and Fellows et al., v. MAPE were filed by attorneys from the same nonprofit law firms that brought the U.S. Supreme Court case ending forced union fees, the Liberty Justice Center and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

Background

Fellows et al., v. MAPE was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota on May 8, 2020.

Briefs

Complaint 05/08/2020

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